Howard Jackson

Obituary of Howard Edward Jackson

Howard Edward Jackson, aged 70, went to his eternal home and was reunited with his family on Thursday, September 29th, 2022, at his home in Wytheville, VA. Howard, or “Howie”, as he was affectionately called by his caregivers, was born on February 7th, 1952, in Saltville, VA. He was the first child of James and Betty Jackson. Howard was born with special needs, but anyone that knew him knows that there was so much more to Howard than his physical limitations. Howard was headstrong, feisty, and determined to do what he wanted. He was kind and loving and enjoyed having those he loved close by to him. He loved eating sweets and deserts, particularly Reese cups. His caregivers often chuckled because Howard was the most flexible person many people had ever seen, often putting his feet behind his head when he was younger. He enjoyed relaxing in his recliner and listening to music. Although non-verbal, Howard would often slap his knee and exclaim, “Well, well, well!” when he was happy and in a good mood. One of his favorite things was to sleep with a blanket over his head, feeling comfortable and secure. He also would often clap when delighted or happy. Howard is preceded in death by his mother, Betty Lou Jackson and his father, James Howard Jackson. Also preceding him in death are his sister, Mary Jackson Walker, and his two brothers, Steve Jackson and Joseph “Joe” Jackson. Upon Howard’s passing, his family was all together for the first time. Howard is survived by his niece, Christine Jackson Davenport and husband Cody of Abingdon, VA, and two great nieces, Rosie and Lily Davenport of Abingdon. Also surviving are several cousins. The family would like to extend a huge thank you to the staff at Good Neighbor Homes, who took such excellent care of Howard since he moved into his new home in 2018. Those included are Mary Tester, Michael Dorsey, Suzie Jessup, Penny Kilmer, Tonya Hancock, Aliyah Carter, Haylee Anderson, Darion Foutz, Kylie Cyrus, and Sheila Stone. Lastly, an enormous thank you to Lorine Vanaerman, who was at Howard’s bedside when he drew his last breath. Howard was taken care of and loved so well by the staff at Good Neighbor Homes and had a good last few years of his life living in a real home and not an institution. We will be forever grateful to you all. The family would also like to thank Mountain Valley Hospice for their care of Howard in his final days. Howard’s memorial service will take place on Saturday, October 15th, at 7:00 PM at Grubb Funeral Home, located at 215 S 6th Street, Wytheville, VA 24382. The family will receive friends and visitors from 6:00 to 7:00 PM prior to the service. In honor of Howard, please consider making a donation to the Chimes organization, which assists those with intellectual disabilities. You can read more about the organization and donate at Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at Grubb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.